When a person is going to be out of town, they may have to use a boarding service to care for their dog. Finding a trusted place for dog boarding can be stressful. There are some things to look for in a dog kennel to make sure the dog will be safe and well cared for.
How to know if dog boarding is right for you
The temperature of the boarding center should be comfortable for the pets. This will help make sure that the pet is happy and comfortable. If the pet requires special hot or cold temperature see if an arrangement can be made to provide this. Also, make sure there is proper ventilation. Not only can a draft make the dog cold it can spread bacteria through the air.
The dog kennels where the dogs are going to sleep should have proper protection from the weather. They should not allow rain, the wind, and direct sunlight that can harm the dog. The dog should get sunlight but direct light can be painful for their eyes and may even cause the dog to overheat. The sleeping area for the pet should be clean and allow enough room for the pet to stand up, turn around, and lay down comfortably.
All animals need some exercise. There should be an area for the dog to exercise. They should be allowed to move around freely. Check with the kennel to see if the dog will be able to interact with other dogs or if they will have a runner to exercise in.
While running a kennel and a boarding shelter can be demanding the staff should be friendly and reliable. They should have a passion for taking care of pets. The kennel should be cleaned, and there should be no waste from the pets laying around. The grounds should be well cared for as well.
The charges will vary based on the kennel. Be sure to be aware of specific checkout times and extra fee. When picking up the pet be sure to be there during normal business hours and arrive on time.
These are just some of the things to look for when choosing a boarding center for a dog. It is important to find a center that is clean and where the staff will treat the pet with respect. It is hard to leave the dog behind even for a short period and to find a quality boarding center will help ease the fear of leaving the dog even overnight.
Best Friends Dog Walkers provides a kennel and dog boarding alternative. If you choose our service, we visit your dog, in your home. This service is particularly great for dogs who may experience separation anxiety when away from their owners and their home.
If you have any questions regarding of pet sitter, dog walker, or kennel alternative services, please reach out to us at [email protected]